Variable Topics in Mass Communication

Jim A Jusko

Variable Topics in Mass Communication

Communication department

Jim A Jusko

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Easiness of class 4.6
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Clarity of professor 4.8
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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Issues PTEs
  • Often Funny
  • Useful Textbooks

Grades

Fall 2018
31.6%
26.3%
21.1%
15.8%
10.5%
5.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
37.6%
31.3%
25.1%
18.8%
12.5%
6.3%
0.0%
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B
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
35.4%
29.5%
23.6%
17.7%
11.8%
5.9%
0.0%
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B
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
23.9%
19.9%
15.9%
11.9%
8.0%
4.0%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted April 24, 2019 Grade Received: A

Great professor, obviously passionate about reality TV and has a very impressive resume. Often brings guest speakers that are awesome and connected in the entertainment industry.

Participation is 10%, and this just means attendance. He randomly takes attendance during the quarter so be at every class. Can't make it? Email him. Midterm and Final make up the rest of the grade, both of which are papers.

For the midterm, I recommend making a reality TV show versus going off of one that already exists. This is prolly confusing right now, but trust me, grading is much less harsh. I did one that already exists and got a B.

Highly recommend. Learned tons and met lots of people.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Jan. 11, 2019 Grade Received: A

This is literally one of the easiest and most interesting classes I have taken. This would be great to start for your first upper div comm class. I didn't do any of the readings or the videos and still got an A on both the midterm and final. Remember to take notes, because this lecture was a 6-9pm, it's easy to get tired but the prof is VERY passionate and brings in guest speakers with high standing careers. If you are interested in going into film or in the entertainment industry this class is for you. As long as you take good notes you'll be set for the miterm and final. They're very straighforward and easy.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Jan. 1, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Overall, this is a super straightforward and not difficult upper div Comm class. It focuses on the entertainment/reality tv genre, and Jusko likes to bring in guest speakers who work in entertainment to speak to the class throughout the quarter. There is no textbook for the class, he just posts the readings (sometimes the readings were to watch an episode of reality television) online. I stopped doing the readings after about week 2 because they just weren't relevant. He takes attendance randomly 3 times throughout the quarter (pro tip: check MyUCLA grades because he actually put the dates he was taking attendance and only took "random" attendance those days). Participation is about 10 percent of your final grade.
The only 2 major assignments are the midterm and final, which were each 5 pages max. Midterm was %40 of your grade, final was %50. The midterm was to analyze the narrative elements found within a TV show (either of your own making or one currently on air), and the final was to come up with your own show and discuss its production. Be careful: on the midterm I believe he was very biased about whether you wrote your own concept or used a current tv show. He seemed to dock people a lot more if you wrote about a show that was currently on air, and was much more forgiving if you wrote your own show (my friend and I made the same "mistakes" (if you call them that), but she got about 10% higher than I did for her grade. The only difference was her show was made up and mine was on air).
I would 100% recommend going weeks 3 and 8 because that's when he talks about everything you will need to know for both papers because he gives some extra details that can only help you.
Jusko is a really nice professor who genuinely seems to care about his students, and I would definitely take him again.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 27, 2018 Grade Received: B+

If you want to go into the media/entertainment/TV/Film industry take this class because you will learn about these industries and meet guest speakers that work in these fields. There are only 2 assignments 1 midterm and 1 final. The midterm is making up a fictional reality TV show and writing about what it is and why it is good. The final is writing how your TV can get sponsors, make money, and be sold to networks. If you have any ounce of creativity both assignments are easy. It was ridiculous that people didn't understand how straight forward the assignments were. People would ask about the concepts thinking that their super important but their just cool things to know about. Don't bother taking notes, because there's nothing note worthy to take notes on. Again all your learning about is the entertainment industry so taking notes is pointless. If you want to go into the entertainment industry I would advise you to record the lectures because there is a lot of valuable information from the instructor and the guest speakers. He also takes attendance sometimes which is graded. This class is super easy and it was one of my first classes as a transfer. Lectures are long and in the evening so if you fall asleep the recording will cover you, but if fall asleep and don't record your not missing out. Office hours are accessible, but you'll have a long line of people asking dumb questions about why they can't make up a TV show. Oh he doesn't round up if you have an 89.5% in the class which is a bummer. If you just need an elective this would be good to take also. Readings are lite and not necessary but they help.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 2, 2016 Grade Received: A

Professor Jusko is a gem. His lectures are entertaining, and he is clearly passionate about his work. He brings in guest lecturers who are currently in the entertainment industry to speak to the class. They all have different backgrounds which helps students better understand what part of the industry they may want to learn more about or go into after graduating. The class's topic, Non-Scripted Television, is really interesting. I wasn't very interested in reality TV before, but he sure does make it sound cool. He's a casual guy who just wants students to enjoy themselves. He requires participation but says, "If i call on you and you didn't read this week, just let me know and I won't judge you... it's fine." I barely did the readings, BUT the ones I did do were very interesting (and short... I should have read more). The only assignments in this class are a midterm essay and a final essay (each around 5-6 pages). He prepares you well for them (for the most part) and grades well. He doesn't want to see anybody do badly, so if you need help, just talk to him right after class. He's not on campus much, so when he does have time to talk, go! Overall, a super fun class, not too hard, and helpful for figuring out life if you want to go into media or entertainment.

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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Issues PTEs
  • Often Funny
  • Useful Textbooks
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